There have been a couple of times in my life in that I didn't have the space available to set up a drafting table, or easel. Or the space to keep a lot of art supplies around. But, I did have a computer. In 98 I was introduced to my first "Art" program on the computer. A basic PC 'Paint Brush' app. I had a blast. I learned how to draw with a mouse. THAT took quite a while. But was fun. Then I got my first Walcom tablet and Painter program. Next a fantastic Kaleidoscope program. And last but not least, Photoshop Elements.
All of my digital artwork is a manipulation of my own hand done artwork. I view it the same way I view my music that I've written and recorded. My own lyrics, and arrangements. Try different arrangements of a song. I may perform an acoustic version of one of my songs, but record a jazz version of it. Or take a Reggae cover song and perform it with a latin vibe. Over the years, I've performed an acoustic, Nuevo Soul version of a Peter Frampton's "Time of Year" that has been a real crowd pleaser. Also, because there is absolutely NO ONE who can sing Bob Marley's "Waiting In Vain" better than Bob Marley, I recorded it with a Salsa back beat. And it worked.
That is basically what I have done with some of my art work. I scan it, and up-load it into my computer and tweak it here and there. Print it out, and do more hand work on it, scan it and up-load it again. Stretch it, pull it, change this and that, print it and add pastels, or color pencil, shading, highlights. Some times I'll add things - feathers, fabrics, shells, textures. I just have fun manipulating it the way I had fun with my music.
I am a very lucky woman. Due to a restrictive lung disease I can no longer sing, but I've been able to focus my creativity into my artwork. Not a lot of people get a second opportunity to do what they love to do.
I hope the joy and gratitude I feel about being able to do what I was born to do comes through in my artwork and brightens your day. Peace, Lynn Armede DeBeal.